Rating: 4/5 stars.
There are two reasons why I am jealous of Cinder. One, she is a cyborg. Two, her love interest is a super attractive Asian prince. Some girls get all the luck…
However, I’m not really jealous of the fact that she’s a cyborg. In her world, cyborgs are castigated and seen as inferior – which is why Cinder remains subservient to her stepmother, Adri. But when Kai, the Prince of the Eastern Commonwealth, comes to visit Cinder while she is working, that may all change – for better or for worse.
I enjoyed this science-fiction, young-adult retelling of Cinderella. Although I somewhat already knew what was going to occur, the plot still sucked me in and left me wanting more. It was like a modern fairytale, complete with cyborg prejudice and a Lunar war.
The only thing I did not like so much was how I could foretell most of the plot twists, including the ones not originally related to Cinderella. Still, the strength of Cinder’s character and the sizzling romance with Prince Kai made up for that.
The next book in the series supposedly revolves around Little Red Riding Hood, so I’m curious as to how Marissa Meyer will connect her to the current storyline. I highly recommend Cinder to those searching for a cute love story with tons of action and suspense.
*also, here’s a clip from the audiobook of Cinder from Macmillan Audio. Enjoy!